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Churner - Dauerlärm [Violent Noise Atrocities - 2010]

“Dauerlärm” means continuous noise in german which is a highly apt title for this c110 release, as the tape finds this always creative and rewarding USA based Harsh noise act trying out his hand at often quite active HNW and brutal static texturing.

Over the large 110 minutes runtime Churner only offers up just five tracks; three on side one & two and side two. The five tracks run between just over the fifteen minutes up to near on thirty three minutes a piece, and each track shows churner balancing brutality, often moorish texturing and seared atmospherics perfectly. The tape comes in a double tape thickness white vinyl case which is just like the ones Georgia based HNW tape label Satan Din use for there releases, and the cover features a grim and pixelated black ‘n’ white picture of what looks like wall archway with  a murky grey sky showing through it.


Up first we have “Lärmbelastung”, which translates to noise pollution, and it finds Churner offering up near on twenty tow minutes track that starts off with a judder bound and bassy muffled 'wall' that sounds like a raging static demon stuck inside a carboard box. With-in a few minutes the track cracks open and a  crusty and crisp static judder is added to the ‘wall’, the rest of the track sees Churner shifting from crusty and crisp static judder to more muffled and bassy judder or a mixture of the two elements- the tracks an nice, brutally and active start to the tape.

Up next is “Rumoren”  and this comes in at just over the eighteen minute mark. The tack starts  out with a minute and a half of tense wow-wowing/ mid-tone alarm texturing that has a tense, thin and jittering element over the top of it. Then it jumps into a very meaty and descending/ circling juddering texture, which  over the length of the track churner thins down to a taut juddering and reverb cloud of texture and back up once more to a meaty and crisp judder, and towards the middle he adds on thick crackle rain & slow motion thunder like judders, and sudden crackling noise sustains.

Lastly on side one we have the just over fifteen minutes of “Rauschminderer” which translates to Intoxication-inferior. This track starts out a very muffled and dense judder  that’s soon strips back to  this distant alarm like textures & taut rumble like dwell. At just under the four minute mark the track raises to this hacking ‘n’ juddering meaty ‘wall’ of noise. Again this track is rather active with Churner shifting the ‘walls’ textural make up every few minutes or so, with the alarm like texture appearing to great effect under the juddering ‘n’ rolling’ wall’ in the last seven or so minutes of the track.

Over onto side two and first up we have “Zerstörer”, which means Destroyer, and  comes in at just shy of the twenty two minute mark. This track starts out with a growing almost spacecraft motor like jittering 'n’ judder which slowly becomes more louder and intense as it goes along. The ‘walls’ a mixture of battering ‘n’ billowing judder with a mixture of smaller fan belt slipping circular rages, tribal meaty rumbles or phaser like flashers that appear ever so often. Though this track is still active, it seems more hypnotic and entrancing than the first sides tracks.

So onto the last track on side two and of the tape “Unbegrenzte Wand”, which fittingly means Unlimited wall. This track comes in at just under the thirty three, and like the first track on side two fades in slow with it’s thickness. Pretty soon the track locks down into a great impenetrable ‘wall’ of noise that mixers mid-pace juddering, rumbling tonalities and some slight smaller jitter static weaves- it’s a lot less active than the other tracks here, but to me this is my favourite of all five tracks as it sounds so thick, unrelenting and addictive. Sure there are once more a few shifts in the tracks sonic plates, but there a lot more subtle and less noticeable in there movement than the other tracks.


So to sum up side one offers up three tracks of rather active HNW or Harsh noise with lots of walled dwells. And side two offers up two tracks of less active, but more entrancing HNW. So another great churner release which is well worth checking out if you dig active or addictive HNW trxturing.

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Roger Batty
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